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Louise "Baba" (Grodecki) Brackett (1930 - 2012)

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Louise was gently ushered into the Presence of Jesus in the early evening as she was enjoying a movie and having a pleasant conversation at home.
Born in Chicago IL, her early years were surrounded by the love of her parents, sister and many Uncles, Aunts and cousins. Her studies were focused on piano lessons and voice training as she aspired to enter the professional entertainment world. However, that changed when she fell in love and married her husband Joe. As they raised their 5 children in Lake Zurich, IL they owned and ran a family style restaurant "The Hickory Pit" together for many years. Music was always in the air whether at home, church or at work. She was first widowed in 1971. In 1974, Louise and her 2nd husband Wayne, relocated to Lodi where she semi-retired. After his passing, Louise joined St. Anne's choir finding much joy and establishing many lifelong friendships there as well as in the community of Casa de Lodi where she lived until September of 2010. Louise found great joy in being a longtime "nanny" for a family in Lodi where her nickname "Baba" was created along with a continued compassion for encouraging people and countless lives were touched by hers. She proudly volunteered at Hutchins Street Square for 10 years playing piano and leading sing-alongs at the adult day program. She was an accomplished vocalist/pianist and loved spending time with the "Sunshine Girls" entertaining at local convalescent homes as well. Her family is what she loved the most about life. Many will remember her for her beautifully penned letters as she corresponded with relatives and friends throughout her life (keeping every card and letter she received including artwork from her kids/grand & great grandkids too)! She spent hours doing intricate jigsaw puzzles, crosswords and having long-winded phone conversations and always MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC! A devoted Mother, Cherished Grandmother and Great Grandmother, loyal and trustworthy friend that held secrets well … she will be missed but we rejoice that Heaven now has the most beautiful voice singing praises to the King of Kings. No more sorrow and no more tears, we thank God for welcoming her Home so peacefully.
Friends and Family are invited to services at 1pm on Monday, December 10, 2012 in Evergreen Chapel at Cherokee Memorial Park, Hwy 99 and Harney Lane in Lodi. Please sign the online guestbook at
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Dec. 5 to Dec. 12, 2012